Canadian Journal of Cardiology

New Development in Brain Monitoring for Cardiac Surgery

Published:November 18, 2022DOI:
      Use of brain function monitoring is gaining interest to improve patient safety during cardiac surgery and in the intensive care unit. In this review, we highlight the clinical relevance of brain monitoring such as the cerebral near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), processed electroencephalography (pEEG), and transcranial Doppler (TCD). A clinical case will be presented to illustrate the potential of combining those technologies to optimize patient management during cardiac surgery. Even if brain monitoring alters management, interpretation in brain function requires knowledge about hemodynamic parameters and should be combined with other monitoring technology.


      ACA (anterior cerebral artery), BIS (bispectral index), CBF (cerebral blood flow), CMRO2 (cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen), HITS (high-intensity transient signals), MAC (minimal alveolar concentration), MCA (middle cerebral artery), MHI (Montreal Heart Institute), NIRS (cerebral near-infrared spectroscopy), PCA (posterior cerebral artery), pEEG (processed electroencephalography), PSI (patient state index), TCD (transcranial Doppler)
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